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After debuting to record high audiences this winter season, CBC Television’s winter lineup wraps up next week with several finale episodes.

On Monday, it is the season finale of CBC-TV’s funny and fresh new comedy MR. D. The show attracted 1.23 million viewers for its season premiere, making MR. D the most-watched show on a Canadian network in the timeslot.

DRAGONS’ DEN, Canada’s top-rated entertainment program, reached 2 in 5 Canadians over the course of this season. Its finale airs on Wednesday, followed by REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, which had its best season yet, with more than 1.3 million viewers for the season premiere.

And on Friday, MARKETPLACE wraps up another strong season—it averaged 1.157 million viewers, a 31 per cent increase over last year—while the fifth estate caps a season that featured episodes that garnered the show’s largest audience numbers in more than a decade.

 

SEASON FINALE WEEK SCHEDULE

 

MR.D

Monday, April 2 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

Gerry decides to use a boxing match at the school’s annual Charity Day to settle his competition with Mr. Dwyer for the title of Mr. D once and for all.

 

LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE

Monday, April 2 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)

In its final episode ever, Amaar prepares for the grand opening of the town of Mercy’s new Mosque, while trying to get Baber to end his boycott.  Charles returns to Mercy with a plan to win Ann. Sarah reaffirms her Muslim faith.

 

THE BIG DECISION

Monday, April 2 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

Hardy Buoys, a family-own fish processing plant in Port Hardy, B.C., and Tashodi, an eco-friendly bath and body care company based in Toronto, both look to Arlene Dickinson to help save them.

 

RICK MERCER REPORT

Tuesday, April 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

Rick attends celebration festivities at the winning schools in the annual Mercer Report Spread the Net Student Challenge.  Highlights include an extreme dodgeball game with students at an elementary school in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, African drumming at a high school in Peterborough, Ontario, and at Montreal’s McGill University Rick drives a ‘Baja’ off-road car on campus.

 

22 MINUTES

Tuesday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)

Shaun Majumder heads to the Junos with some musical advice for award nominees. The cast travels to Peggy’s Cove to look into the sale of an iconic lighthouse, and – after weeks of trash-talking – Mark Critch brings us the outcome of the Trudeau/Brazeau boxing match.

 

DRAGONS’ DEN

Wednesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

In this finale, Dragons Jim Treliving, Kevin O’Leary, Arlene Dickinson, Bruce Croxon and Robert Herjavec sit with DRAGONS’ DEN host Dianne Buckner and “tell all” about what makes them spend, what sets them off, what moves them and what they really think about each other.

 

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE

Wednesday, April 4 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

The Doyles struggle to prove Mal’s innocence when he’s accused of murder but end up digging a deeper hole; Kathleen gets some brotherly help with the George situation; Tinny discovers the identity of her father.

 

MARKETPLACE

Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

MARKETPLACE expands on its popular “Busted” segment with an hour-long special, The Busted Edition. Co-hosts Erica Johnson (@cbcerica) and Tom Harrington (@cbctom) report on shocking claims and shoddy services that drive Canadians crazy. Anti-viral tissue claims, bank fees, outrageous markups at a national car service chain, cable and phone service charges, fast-food marketing spin, extended warranty fine print—even charities and government watchdogs get “busted” by MARKETPLACE in this wide-ranging exposé.

 

The Fifth Estate

Friday, April 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

In an unprecedented television event, Bob McKeown hosts a live and interactive special edition of the fifth estate. The show recreates a real-life kidnapping, and lets viewers decide what to do to catch the perpetrators, each step of the way. Weigh in via Facebook and Twitter as the true-life drama unfolds. And beginning April 4, at CBCNews.ca/kidnapped, join the investigation online. Follow the facts, and see the case unfold as you uncover evidence in our online simulation of the police investigation.

CBC-TV makes the already laugh-filled Tuesdays even funnier with the addition of two of its outstanding new television comedies. Starting Tuesday, September 27, 2011, CBC-TV’s spotlight on Canadian comedy now includes MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS and THE DEBATERS.

Next week, CBC-TV’s clever new gem, MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, the newest creation of acclaimed writer-producer-actor Bob Martin (Slings & Arrows, The Drowsy Chaperone) moves from Wednesdays to Tuesdays.

Martin stars as Dr. David Storper, an Ottawa psychiatrist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He has been seeing his patient, Michael Dyer (Matt Watts) on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 15 years. Michael believes David is his key to happiness. David believes Michael is his key to a lucrative book deal. We’ll see.

Also moving from Wednesdays to Tuesdays is the hilarious and hugely popular radio hit THE DEBATERS with host Steve Patterson now on TV, teaming up with THE RICK MERCER REPORT and 22 MINUTES.

 

CBC COMEDY TUESDAYS – effective Tuesday, September 27:

 

8:00 p.m. (8:30 NT) – THE RICK MERCER REPORT

8:30 p.m. (9:00 NT) – 22 MINUTES

9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT) – MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS

9:30 p.m. (10:00 NT) – THE DEBATERS

 

Wednesdays heat up with CAMELOT, the Canadian co-production about the birth of the legend, like it has never been told before, joining the newest and hottest season of DRAGONS’ DEN.

 

CBC WEDNESDAYS – effective Wednesday, September 28:

 

8:00 p.m. (8:30 NT) – DRAGONS’ DEN

9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT) – CAMELOT

The season premieres of the RICK MERCER REPORT, 22 MINUTES and CAMELOT came out swinging on Tuesday night, winning over Canadian audiences and notching new ratings milestones.

At 8 p.m., RICK MERCER REPORT had a stellar season debut with a 2+ audience of 1.2 million viewers, on par with the 2010 season premiere. (All data courtesy of BBM Canada) Among 25-54 viewers, the program captured an audience of 433,000, also on par with the 2010 season premiere.

At 8:30 p.m., the season premiere of 22 MINUTES garnered a 2+ audience of just under one million (981,000), up 29% over the 2010 season premiere (760,000) and up 31% compared to the 2010/11 season overall (748,000). Among 25-54 viewers, the program captured an audience of 351,000, up 35% compared to the 2010/11 season overall (260,000).

Then, at 9 p.m., the premiere of the historical epic CAMELOT attracted a strong 2+ audience of just over 800,000 and a 25-54 audience of 376,000.

Canadian Icon, Gordon Pinsent read his favourite quotes from Justin Bieber’s new memoirs on 22 Minutes this week.

Check out the sketch below and Justin Bieber’s tweet response to the reading.

Award-winning hit comedy series 22 Minutes with audience favorites Mark Critch, Gavin Crawford, Geri Hall and Cathy Jones airs on Tuesday nights at 8:30 pm on CBC Television.

Unfair and unbalanced, the 22 Minutes team is on the scene uncovering stories the mainstream media won’t touch, calling politicians to task, and satirizing the hilarious state of contemporary news programming.